X-Men: Where the Cast of the Original Movie is Today

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The X-Men franchise is one of the longest-running superhero franchises in movie history. Revolving around a group of mutants with the X-gene who work together to fight evil and use their powers for good and call themselves the X-Men, the franchise has two decades of celebrated content. With plenty of characters to choose from in the comics, original director Bryan Singer was able to provide the audience with a unique yet diverse cast of mutants who, in some cases, have received icon status and went on to have multiple iterations and reboots across many X-Men movies.


While the X-Men franchise has plenty of films and spin-offs to choose from, there is one film that started it all: the original X-Men, released in 2000. At the time, comic book movies, particularly superhero movies, had a bad reputation following disappointments like Batman and Robin, Steel, and Spawn. To bring the various mutants of the X-Men and Brotherhood to life, the studio went after the best actors. They assembled a vast collection of talent, including Oscar nominees, Broadway stars, classically trained Shakespearean thespians, models, wrestlers, and stunt performers to round out the cast. It paid off as X-Men was a big box office hit and kicked off a long-running film franchise, but also, along with Blade, legitimized the superhero genre.

It has been 24 years since X-Men hit theaters, and what is more impressive is how the cast is still going strong all these years later. Many reprised their roles in sequels, while also having exciting careers since. They are still, to many, the definitive versions of these characters. With the MCU Multiverse Saga, many hope to see the cast return in either Deadpool 3 or Avengers: Secret Wars. With Hugh Jackman already confirmed to return for Deadpool 3, there is room for many of the actors to return, and here is what they have been doing in the meantime.

Update January 6, 2024: With rumors circulating that various cast members from the first X-Men will reprise their roles in Deadpool 3, this article has been updated with even more details about the cast of the 2000 superhero classic.


Hugh Jackman — Logan / Wolverine

With the release of Logan, Hugh Jackman managed to wrap up Wolverine’s story with a tragic but heroic ending, at least for a certain period of time. Jackman was basically an unknown at the time of X-Men’s release, as he was primarily known as a theater actor. But the role of Wolverine launched him into stardom on-screen. After X-Men, Jackman won the role as the title character in Kate & Leopold. He eventually brought his musical theater talents to the screen in the award-winning film adaptation of Les Misérables in which he played the main character Jean Valjean. Jackman’s performance in the hit musical earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and his musical talent was again revealed to his fans in The Greatest Showman, in which Jackman stepped into the role of entertainer Phineas Taylor Barnum.

Jackman also starred in the sci-fi thriller Reminiscence, and joined Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, and Anthony Hopkins in The Son, in which he steps into the role of Peter, who tries to navigate his life as family issues arise. In 2023, Jackman took on voice acting roles in Koala Man, Human Resources, and the widely loved series Rick and Morty. For his upcoming films, Jackman has quite a big return in store because, against all beliefs, he will return to his role as Wolverine in the 2024 movie Deadpool 3, probably taking advantage of the MCU’s approach to time-traveling and scientific inventions.

Anna Paquin — Anna Marie / Rogue

Anna Paquin plays the role of angsty teen Rogue, whose power renders her incapable of any direct physical contact. After winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Piano at a mere 11 years old, it was clear to everyone that Paquin had potential as an actress. After X-Men, the Canadian actress reprised her role as Rogue for X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand. Then, Paquin went on to star in a number of lead roles, including Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood or Brena Meoni in American Underdog, and supporting one, like Netflix’s Original film The Irishman.

Another project worth mentioning is the 2022 TV mini-series A Friend of the Family, which dives into the disturbing, real-life events the Broberg family had to endure in the 1970s. Paquin steps into the role of Mary Ann Broberg, whose daughter is kidnapped by someone they called a friend, portraying the fight for survival the family had to go through. Paquin’s career has flourished over the years, with her most recent biographical film True Spirit receiving wonderful reviews, as it tells the story of a young sailor, Jessica Watson, and the ups and downs Jessica and her family, among them her mother, Julie (Paquin), experience during her attempt to sail around the world. Her recent projects leave us wondering where her career will lead her next.

Patrick Stewart — Charles Xavier / Professor X

Patrick Stewart is a Hollywood icon whose career has spanned the last six decades. Appearing in everything from film adaptations of Shakespearean plays, like Macbeth, to regular appearances on Seth MacFarlane’s long-running comedy show American Dad!, there’s nothing Stewart isn’t willing to take on. His portrayal as the powerful telepath is one of the most iconic in the superhero genre. In fact, Stewart has played Professor X in movies beyond his original X-Men trilogy. The actor even returned to this role in the 2022 film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, nearly five years after his performance in Logan, which was supposed to be his last.

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Despite being over the age of 80, Stewart’s career shows no sign of slowing down: between 2020 and 2023, he appeared in 30 episodes of Star Trek: Picard, portraying the iconic character, Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart is currently still busy with his voice role of Avery Bullock in the previously mentioned show American Dad!, but the excitement for any new, upcoming projects is already there, and he is rumored to reprise his role as Professor X in Deadpool 3.

Ian McKellan — Erik Lensherr / Magneto

Playing the role of Magneto, who has the ability to control anything with metal compounds, is Sir Ian McKellan. This English actor’s filmography is as impressive as his counterpart Patrick Stewart’s, including appearances in Richard III, as the title character, and an Oscar-nominated performance as Gandalf in the world-famous The Lord of the Rings franchise. McKellan’s career has continued to grow over the years with his appearance in Infinitum: Subject Unknown, a British sci-fi film shot entirely with an iPhone during the UK’s first lockdown at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By now it is no secret that McKellan highly values attention to detail, concentrating on each of his roles with an immense amount of care, and the same can be said for his role in the 2023 crime movie The Critic. Once again, the actor gets to explore a more complex character, Jimmy Erskine, who is a theater critic and is caught amid blackmail and deception. McKellen is also expected to reprise his role in Hamlet, for which he already appeared in the stage play in 2021, and is now set to star in the 2024 feature film. Ian McKellan certainly has no interest in slowing down or considering retirement, as he continues to find joy in diving into new roles and learning something new.

Halle Berry — Ororo Munroe / Storm

In the original X-Men, Halle Berry took on the role of Storm, an ever-powerful mutant with the unique power to control the weather. In between the release of X-Men and X2: X-Men United, Berry would win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monsters Ball, making her the first Black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar. After her performance in the X-Men franchise, she played another comic book character to less than stellar reviews in 2004’s Catwoman. Though the movie was met with negative reviews, Berry has continued to gain prominent roles since, including her role as Sofia in the third installation of the John Wick series, John Wick 3: Parabellum. Berry has received a great deal of praise for her work on Bruised, her directorial debut for which she won a Satellite Award for Best First Feature.

Berry took on the role of Jocinda Fowler in the sci-fi film Moonfall, which explores space and unexpected catastrophes, leaving the survival of humanity in the hands of former astronaut Jocinda. The actress has quite a few movies in the waiting line, but fans have been anxiously waiting for the release of the sci-fi drama titled The Mothership, but its release on Netflix has been pushed to 2024. Another film which is already in post-production, is the action thriller The Union, in which the actress will join Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons and deal with agents and spies. Halle Berry will also return to the darker side of genres, starring in the upcoming horror film Never Let Go, which circles around the connection between a family and an evil spirit, and the psychological thriller The Process, revealing harrowing scenarios surrounding brainwashing.

James Marsden — Scott Summers / Cyclops

The man who has laser vision, which can only be contained through wearing sunglasses or his famous visor, is Cyclops. Portrayed by James Marsden in X-Men, Cyclops is in love with the all-powerful Jean Grey and does his best to establish their strong relationship to keep Logan away. This role led to Marsden’s career taking off, gaining him roles in films like The Notebook, Hairspray, Enchanted and 27 Dresses. He is often typecast as the nice guy who finishes last and doesn’t get the girl, so much so that he even fills the role in Superman Returns, which is scheduled to overlap with X-Men: The Last Stand and forces his character to be killed off.

Marsden’s career has been flowing steadily, gaining more popularity again for his appearance as Tom in Sonic the Hedgehog in 2020 and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 2022. He had a major role on the series Westworld, in a part many consider to be the best in his career. Marsden also appeared in a supporting role in the crime comedy TV series Dead to Me, which gained him several nominations for different awards. The actor was also a part of the 2023 series Jury Duty, which, in reality, is about a fake trial filled with actors, except for one juror. Marsden is expected to reprise his role in the sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and is set to appear in a comedy called Unfrosted, which is already in post-production but does not have a specific release date yet.

Famke Janssen — Jean Grey / Phoenix

Perhaps one of the most powerful X-Men of all time is the telepathic and telekinetic mutant Jean Grey, played by Famke Janssen in the original X-Men trilogy. This Dutch actress broke out with her role of Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. She later went on to play the role of Lenore Mills in the Taken franchise. Janssen’s career has far from slowed as she continues to take on work. One of her films released in 2022, Redeeming Love, is a Western drama set during the California Gold Rush and is based on the novel of the same name, allowing her to show once again that she has no trouble adapting to different characters.

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Recently, the actress appeared in a thriller called Locked In, which was released on Netflix at the beginning of November 2023, and tackles the themes of betrayal and rivalry, as well as dives into the daunting topic of murder. Janssen is said to appear in the horror sci-fi movie The Experiment, which circles around the aftermath of a nuclear war in 2080 and a dangerous rescue mission. Another upcoming project is an action movie called Midair, telling the story of an ex-member of the CIA who is forced by a terrorist to endure dreadful events. The film is still in pre-production, but hopes are high that Famke Janssen will be back on the screens soon.

Rebecca Romijn — Raven Darkholme / Mystique

The original Mystique was played by Rebecca Romijn, who managed to capture the mutant’s sex appeal perfectly, with some arguing that her version of Mystique is the best on offer. Romijn is one of the lesser-known actors to be in the main cast of the original X-Men film. The model-turned-actress has gone on to moderate success with a few lead roles coming her way, most of which were on TV rather than film. She had a regular role as Eve on the TNT series The Librarians and managed to snag the voice-acting role of Lois Lane in the DC Animated Movie Universe. On top of this, Romijn acted as host for the reality TV competition Skin Wars, which consisted of body painting challenges that contestants must fulfill.

Since 2022, Romijn is one of the lead stars of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which exceeded the expectations of many, thanks to its relatable character development and managing to stay true to the original story, never losing its vintage touch. Since this last project, it has become rather quiet around Romijn, but fans are eagerly waiting for news about a new film or show.

Tyler Mane — Victor Creed / Sabretooth

Tyler Mane, who is not just known for being an actor but also as a retired wrestler, portrayed the character and Brotherhood member Victor Creed or Sabretooth in the original X-Men movie. Sabretooth, Wolverine’s arch-enemy, was Mane’s first big movie role and kicked off his acting career. After taking on the memorable role of Ajax in the historical war film Troy, one of his most prominent roles was for the remake of Halloween in 2007 and its sequel, Halloween II. Mane portrayed the role of the notorious killer, Michael Myers, after he escaped from a mental institution. After successfully playing the role of this iconic character, Mane booked many other jobs for smaller movies, but the genre of horror seems to have grown on him.

In 2020, the actor was cast as Andrew Woodsman in the horror film Entrenchment, which is about a serial killer who buries his victims and leaves coordinates on a website in order to turn curious students into his next victims. Only a year later, he appeared as Blackstar in five episodes of the widely loved sci-fi series Jupiter’s Legacy. Considering his experiences on X-Men, it should come as no surprise that his character is a supervillain in the series. Staying in his lane of taking on jobs in the genre of horror, his upcoming film, Psychosis, falls right into the same category, following witnesses as they are hunted by a killer. Maine is rumored to reprise his role as Sabertooth in Deadpool 3.

Ray Park — Mortimer Toynbee / Toad

Another member of the Brotherhood in the original X-Men movie was Mortimer Toynbee, or rather known as Toad, and he was portrayed by the actor and stuntman Ray Park. He first gained recognition as the character Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and the Headless Horseman in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, both in 1999. In 2009, the actor appeared in nine episodes of the sci-fi series Heroes with Hayden Panettiere as one of the main characters, but is more known for playing the role of Snake Eyes in the sci-fi thriller G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Even though his role was much rather a side character, he left quite an impression among fans of the film and was even nominated for an IGN award in the category “Favorite Hero”. He later returned for his role in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but due to its late release, he wasn’t cast for the 2021 spin-off Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. There is not much information regarding any new projects involving Park, but fans are hoping to see him step back into his X-Men role, Toad, for the upcoming movie Deadpool 3.

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